The first Police in Devonport were controlled by the Flagstaff Highway
Later a member of the Armed Constabulary was stationed at Devonport.
Then came the Municipal Police Act and then the New Zealand Government
controlled the Police.
The Highway District Trustees, on March 25th. 1869, examined applications
for the office of Constable, which had been received in response to adverts:
Messrs. G. BANKS and C. BAILEY applied and Mr. BANKS was appointed
at a salary of £3 a month, " to be increased from July next if he performed his duties
efficiently". Commisioner NAUGHTON, of the Armed Police at Auckland, complied
with the request of the District Trustees and supplied a suit of clothing for Constable
By September 27th. 1870, Constable S. GEE had succeeded Constable BANKS,
but there is a gap of three months in the records, so it is not possible to
indicate why or how the change was made; but as he was paid £2.6s "on
account" of salary on September 27th. 1870, he presumably had taken up his
duties about the beginning of September. Constable GEE was also appointed,
October 12th. 1870, Inspector under the Thistle Act, Weeds and Water course
Act and Poundkeeper, at a salary of £12 per annum: and exclusive commission
on Dog Tax and Cattle Regulation Fees. These duties had been carried out
previously by the Ranger.
PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT TO REQUEST THAT A SPECIAL
CONSTABLE BE STATIONED AT DEVONPORT. July 14. 1873.
Thomas BROHAM Esq.,
Inspector Armed Constabulary.
"Sir, We, the undersigned residents of the North Shore
you will be good enough to permanently locate at the North Shore, a member
of the Armed Constabulary. The very large increase in the population of the
District and the number of straying cattle render it absolutely necessary that
a Constable who can devote his whole time should be
located here, as the present pay allowed to special Constables
does not enable them to devote sufficient time to the requirements
of the District.We shall be glad to learn that you will be enabled
to comply with the request of the Residents in this increasing
suburb of the City.
Your obedient servants:
William AITKIN, R. & R. DUDER, J. W. SWANSON,
G. C. KEMP, P. A. PHILLIPS JP. , Fred G. SOMERFIELD,
John WYLES, George RUST, William MacSPORRAN, John BASS,
Charles BAILEY, Wm. Hoile BROWN, Arhtur BRADLEY,
George BROWN, Wm. S. COCHRANE, John BRASSEY, Chas. DACRE,
J. W. FRASER, R. MACKAY, Edward BARTLEY, Wm.J.EVANS, Israel HURST."
Mr. Wm. BOND was nominated and duly appointed.
In the middle of May, 1877, Constable DEWS A.C. was stationed at Devonport,
being the first of the specially trained police to be appointed. On Augyst 27th.
1877, he became Sanitary Inspector for the District.
Constable MOOR, A.C. was appointed late in 1878, and Const. HUTCHINSON
A.C. replaced him in 1882.
The first of the regular Police lived in the gable-end house close to where
present Post Office was in 1924. At a later date a residence for the Police Officer
was rented in Clarence Street. A new Police Station and Sergeants quarters
were provided in Rattray Street, late in 1923.
The Trustees idea of the Duties appertaining to the Office of Policeman may
be gathered from the Resolution carried on Feb 4th. 1871, that Constable GEE
be offered a Salary of £1 per week, from Feb 1st.1871, for duties as Ranger,
Collector of Cattle Fees, Poundkeeper, Inspector under the Dog Nuisance
Act, Thistle Act, Weeds and Watercourses Act, and, when his duties
permitted, to lend a hand in clearing watercourses and thistles and generally
make himself useful.
On May 9th. the Constable resigned , as the Trustees refused to indemnify
him for costs (£12. 17s.6d) incurred in two actions versus Mr. ORMES
(Butcher), Victoria Road.
The Devonport Station was raised in status in 1878, with Sergeant
taking control. Staff from then until 1924 included:
Constable M. O'BRIEN.
Constable John COTTER
Sergeant P. McGRATH Sergeant GILLIES (trsfd. to Thames)
Constable COLLIS Sergeant KELLY (trasfd. to Wellington)
Constable Dennis ROWLES Constable McDONALD
Sergeant BASKIVILLE Constable WILLIAMSON
Constable WILLIAMS Constable MILLER(trsfd. to Waipu)
Constable LOWRY Constable ROBERTS
Constable O'GRADY Constable DRISCOLL
Constable BERRY Constable ECCLES
Constable McINTOSH Constable O'HARA
Constable MOLONEY Constable McCARTHY
Constable CLAYDON Constable CLIST
Constable T. CANNON Constable CAMPAGNOLI (trsfd. to Auck)
Constable FOWLER Sergeant LANDER
Sergeant HAMMOND Constable CANNON
Constable MALLABOND Sergeant MILLER
Sergeant ROWELL Constable RUANE